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Court orders

What types of sentences can the court order?

If you're found guilty, the judge decides what your sentenceA sentence is the punishment that the court gives you if you're found guilty.X will be based on details about you and your crime. For example, the judge might consider how serious the crime was, your age, and any harm done to any victims of the crime.

Usually, you will have to do things other than spend time in jail to take responsibility for your crime.

Your sentenceA sentence is the punishment that the court gives you if you're found guilty.X might include being on probationProbation is a sentence where a probation officer supervises you and you have to follow certain conditions, such as reporting to the probation officer and staying out of other legal trouble.X and having to report to a probation officer or a youth worker. Doing what they tell you to do is part of your sentence.

Just because you don't go to jail doesn't mean that your court case is over or that you're free. You still have to do what the court orders you to do.

In very serious cases, your sentenceA sentence is the punishment that the court gives you if you're found guilty.X might be that you have to spend time in jail.

In Canada, the most common sentenceA sentence is the punishment that the court gives you if you're found guilty.X that young people get is probationProbation is a sentence where a probation officer supervises you and you have to follow certain conditions, such as reporting to the probation officer and staying out of other legal trouble.X .

(Statistics Canada)

(Reviewed August 2015)